The KitchenAid stand mixer recall rumor is false

Claim:

Whirlpool Corporation and KitchenAid recalled their popular stand mixers because of “extreme levels of lead.”

Valuation:

NOT CORRECT

In January 2023, we received an email from readers asking about an alleged recall of KitchenAid stand mixers, apparently due to remaining concerns related to “white paddles and hook attachments”. This rumor seems to have come at least in part from blogs.

Here’s what we know: We haven’t found any evidence that Whirlpool Corporation, which owns the KitchenAid brand, recalled the blenders because of lead or anything else. From what we have been able to gather, the product has no current recalls, recent recalls, or quality initiatives.

Regarding lead-based KitchenAid mixers, we found that the company had raised customer concerns on social media in the months and years leading up to this current controversy. All of this data is documented below, as is a list of questions we sent to the company.

Remember the rumor

As readers no doubt know, one place where many rumors are spread, including this one, is on social media.

A Jan. 22 Facebook post reported news of a leading recall for KitchenAid mixers. As of January 24th, it had more than 30,000 shares, which perhaps means it was viewed by at least hundreds of thousands of users.

A false rumor had it that KitchenAid was recalling its blenders due to concerns about the attachments.There was no call back.

Here’s what the post erroneously claimed there was a recall for the stand mixers:

KITCHEN AID RECALL – NO JOKE

WARNING: Anyone who has a Kitchenaid mixer with a white paddle and hook attachments. Stop using it immediately! It contains extreme amounts of lead!! The stainless steel is ok. You can call the Kitchen Aid number and they will replace it with a metal number free of charge. 1-800-541-6390 or 1-800-474-8007. I did it, it was super easy! Give them the code on your mixer and they’ll replace it. The call takes less than 5 minutes!

Remember that this single post was just one of a seemingly endless number of others, some of which also had thousands of shares.

In other words, this rumor spread like wildfire despite no evidence or sources accompanying the posts.

As seen on Whirlpool Corporation websitethere is no current or recent recall for KitchenAid mixers.

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In January 2023, users who asked the company about the rumored lead in its blenders received a brief response from KitchenAid customer service.

On the company’s social media pages, and apparently also over the phone, customers were told the following:

Throughout our 111-year history, Whirlpool Corporation has been committed to providing safe products to our consumers.

The company’s aluminum alloy stand mixer accessories, including beaters, dough hooks and whisks, are tested by an independent third-party laboratory to ensure they meet all applicable lead content regulations in the locations where they are sold. They are sure to meet any family’s cooking needs.

In addition, all current models of aluminum stand mixer accessories have a food safe coating over the aluminum that has been tested for both lead content and lead migration to ensure it is safe for all consumers.

Here’s an example of how the company responded on Twitter with an image that included the statement:

A slightly different statement was shared with a customer back in November 2022.

In this case the statement mentioned California’s Proposition 65which the company also mentions on its website.

Note: The long name for Prop 65 is the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act 1986.

Here’s the statement, which we’ve condensed into one paragraph after originally splitting it across three tweets:

Proposition 65 requires warning labels on any product that may contain or produce any of the more than 600 elements that the California Air Resources Board classifies as carcinogenic or reproductively toxic. These elements include lead (found in solder used to attach electronic parts to circuit boards), brass, PVC, and a variety of other everyday elements and gas products that burn fuels (natural gas or propane) that contain trace amounts of chemicals to list . This list also includes a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals, including common household products, foods, medicines, dyes, and solvents.

Additionally, back in November 2020, the company responded to a man’s question, “Do you have any blenders that are lead-free?”

In their response, KitchenAid customer service responded with, “Unfortunately not, the stand mixers contain lead (found in the solder used to attach electronic parts to circuit boards).”

Our questions to KitchenAid

We contacted MSL Group, the PR agency for KitchenAid products, via email. We asked a series of questions.

For example, we asked about the false rumor of an announced recall of KitchenAid mixers. We also asked about the alleged dangers of the product, which is said to contain dangerous levels of lead.

Four hours after sending our email, we still hadn’t received a reply. However, we’ll be sure to update this article when replies come in.

Sources:

“Additional information.” Kitchen Help,

Dotson, Joshua C. ” KITCHEN ASSISTANT RECALL – NO JOKE.” FacebookJanuary 22, 2023

@KitchenAidUSA. Twitter,

“Product recall.” Repair by Whirlpool Corp,

“Proposition 65 Law and Regulations.” California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment,

Suthivarakom, Ganda. “What is Prop 65? And why is there a warning label on this thing I bought?” Wirecutter: Reviews for the real worldMarch 10, 2020,

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Brian Ashcraft

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